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Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemulo to quit after 23 years

first_imgLuca di MontezemoloLegendary Italian sportscar manufacturer Ferrari was hit by a rude shock on Wednesday with the announcement that company President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo had been pushed out after a boardroom split. This was just a few days after Montezemolo announced he will be stepping down on October 13, dogged by six years of Formula One racing failure. He had been the President at Ferrari for 23 years.  Fiat Head Sergio Marchionne will be taking over at the helm from Montezemolo. The decision not to appoint Montezemolo to the new board of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also suggested the Italian businessman was on his way out. Ferrari is one name that has been synonymous with Formula One racing ever since 1950. In fact, the team’s logo of a black stallion against a red background is instantly recognised by motorsports fans across the world. However, the legendary marquee’s poor performance over the past six years, in addition to recent clashes in strategy between Montezemolo and Fiat, had led insiders to believe that his exit was due.Commenting on the decision, Marchionne said the following in a statement, “Our desire to see Ferrari express its full potential on the track led to certain mutual misunderstandings that were voiced publicly this weekend. I want to personally thank Luca for everything he has done for Fiat, for Ferrari, and for myself.”Concerns over Ferrari’s future under Montezemolo were also raised in June after he said he may pull his team out of Formula One because it “isn’t working”, and suggested the company could switch to sports-car competition. Montezemolo’s 23 years at Ferrari saw the team’s drivers win the Formula One title six times, but the last title came in 2007. Since then, the team has struggled to compete on the track against the likes of Red Bull and Mercedes. Incidentally, on Saturday, Montezemolo had publicly stated he wanted to spend another three years in the job.advertisementAt the same time, Marchionne had said, “Montezemolo’s business record is very good but in the case of Ferrari, a leader must also be judged on sporting results.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Delhi reception. First Photos

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma made their first public appearance since their marriage in Italy as they arrived at the Taj Palace hotel for their wedding reception in New Delhi on Thursday.The celebrations have begun as Virushka host their first wedding reception in Delhi after which they will head to Mumbai and host another reception on December 26.(Image Courtesy: Yogen Shah)Kohli and Anushka were both dressed in ethnic wear – Kohli looked dapper in a bandhgala sherwani while Anushka chose to wear a red Benarasi saree for the function. Both outfits designed by renowned fashion designer Sabysachi Mukherjee.Virushka, as they are popularly called by fans, have invited some of the big-wigs from cricket, Bollywood and politics for both the wedding receptions. Most of his guests are expected to be present for the Mumbai function on December 26.(Image Courtesy: Yogen Shah)Kohli tied the knot with Anushka in a secret and rather intimate ceremony in Italy on December 11, becoming the latest in the Indian team to join the bandwagon of married cricketers.The wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy but Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret.(Image Courtesy: Yogen Shah)The Delhi dasher, outspoken, bold and gutsy, recently said Anushka made him more sensible and taught him the virtues of patience. Therefore, it was a happy moment for fans of both superstars when the holy matrimony was finally made official.(Image Courtesy: Yogen Shah)Kohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 when he smashed two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia before turning his focus to T20 cricket, breaking a plethora of records. After scoring hundreds of runs in the international format, Kohli amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 IPL.advertisementHe also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh earlier this year. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.#WATCH: Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma pose for photos at their wedding reception underway in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/DvmhMLGfKO- ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2017Currently, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and is ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is also ranked number 2 in Test cricket.’Anushka on the other hand, had two releases this year in Phillauri and Jab Harry Met Sejal with Shah Rukh Khan.Virat and Anushka had reached Delhi on Tuesday. Photos of the couple, along with Virat’s sister Bhavna, at Virat’s house in the capital, surfaced online a few hours after they landed in the country.Last evening, Virat and Anushka called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and handed him an invitation to their Delhi reception.last_img read more

2019: Elections, cricket World Cup and final season of GoT

first_imgBy far the event that will take up most of the mind space of Indians is the general election. That political Kumbh will most likely take place around April-May. Recent assembly election results have added vim to the Opposition ranks.There are a few assembly elections that are likely to be held with Lok Sabha one — Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha and Sikkim.And here are some other events that will keep us glued to our seats. Events that will mark our spiritual, cultural and sporting calendar.JANUARY15: One of the largest religious events in the world starts. According to authorities nearly 15 crore devotees are likely to attend the Ardha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Kumbh Mela is held once in every 3 years. (Photo: Reuters)22-25: The annual huddle of the global who’s who will take place in the Swiss resort town of Davos. Outcomes are irrelevant as leaders from business, politics and entertainment come together to shake hands and air-kiss.FEBRUARY1: Union budget. What goodies will Arun Jaitley shower on voters in an election year? (File Photo: PTI)18: International Court of Justice to hear former India naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case18-27: Taj Mahotsav — the festival in Agra will showcase Indian culture and traditions. (Photo: tajmahotsav.org)Jashn-E-Rekhta: The dates for this festival that celebrates Urdu culture and language are yet to be decided; but likely sometime in February, in Delhi.MARCH1-7: Hundreds of yoga practitioners and enthusiasts are likely to reach Rishikesh for the International Yoga Festival.advertisement Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a mass yoga event on 3rd International Day of Yoga in 2017. (Photo: PTI)6: The four-day Goa carnival — which usually starts on Lent — is particularly big in Goa. Sabado Gordo, Fat Saturday, starts it off with elaborate parades, and the revelry continues with street parties, concerts and general merrymaking.8: All eyes will be focused on Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero film, Captain Marvel. It would be fun to watch whether Brie Larson is able to pull off the strongest character (yet) of the Marvel Universe. Captain Marvel. (Photo: IMDb)29: Britain will disconnect from the European Union, severing a nearly four-decade old union. Trade, travel and diplomatic ties are going to see an upheaval.APRILFor all the Jon Snow and Daenarys fans out there, to everyone’s excitement and dismay, the final season of Game of Thrones will be coming out in April. So buckle up for the fight between Fire and Ice. The dates are yet to be announced. (Photo: IMDb)30: Emperor Akihito of Japan leaves the throne, the first to do so in 200 years.MAYMay 30-July 14: For cricket fans, which means nearly the whole country, will be glued to their TV sets as the curtain goes up on the cricket World Cup. Ten teams will play in the 12th edition of the tournament to be held in England and Wales. Can India win it once again?JUNE1: Pop lovers of a certain vintage will jump up with joy; Spice Girls start their reunion tour; but sorry no Victoria alias Posh Spice.June 7-July 7: France will be host to the 52 matches which will determine the winner of the eighth edition of women’s football World Cup.28: G20 summit in Osaka. With the US and China sparring over a number of issues, the summit will draw a lot of attentionSEPTEMBERSeptember 20-November 2: The 9th edition of the Men’s Rugby World Cup (rugby union) is scheduled to be held in Japan.23: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene the UN 2019 Climate Summit. The theme will be ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win’.OCTOBERAgent Running in the Field is released. Will master spy writer John le Carre spin another intellectual thriller? (Photo: Penguin Books)NOVEMBER12: Kartarpur Corridor opens on Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversaryDECEMBERIf all goes well, the month will see Isro launch its first unmanned space mission (Photo: PTI)last_img read more

Trouble for Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Kane ruled out till March with injury

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be out of action until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United, the north London club said on Tuesday.England captain Kane, who is Tottenham’s top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions this season, hobbled away from Wembley on Sunday after picking up a knock towards the end of the 1-0 defeat by United.”Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle,” Spurs said in a statement.”The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.”Kane’s absence looks a major blow for Spurs, who are currently third in the league, with their totemic striker now set to miss key derbies in the league as well as big cup ties at home and in Europe.Kane will be out of the League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week, which Tottenham are leading 1-0 thanks to his goal at Wembley in the first match.He is also likely to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 clash against Borussia Dortmund.With Son Heung-min jetting off to represent South Korea at the Asian Cup, manager Mauricio Pochettino’s goalscoring options will be tested in the coming weeks.Spurs, who are nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, could also be without Kane when they face top-four rivals Chelsea (Feb. 27) and Arsenal (March 2).advertisementIt leaves Pochettino with Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente to call upon as replacements up front, as the manager has already confirmed the club are not looking to sign players in the January transfer window.Also Read | Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to retire at end of 2018-19 seasonAlso Read | Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo add to Real Madrid injury problemsAlso Read | This is the real Manchester United: David de Gea after sensational show vs Tottenhamlast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board disappointed with Sarfraz Ahmed’s ICC ban over racial slur

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said it considers the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to ban Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed over his racial slur against South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo with “utmost disappointment”.While maintaining that it has a zero-tolerance approach towards racist behaviour, the PCB pointed out that the issue that has led to the ban was amicably resolved between Sarfraz and Phehlukwayo and the cricket boards of Pakistan and South Africa.The apex body of Pakistan cricket also hinted it would appeal against the ban and revealed that Sarfraz Ahmed will be flown back from South Africa. In his absence, Shoaib Malik will lead the team in the remainder of the ongoing ODI series and the T20I series, starting February 1 in the Rainbow Nation.Sarfraz was handed a four-match ban by the ICC on Sunday over his racist comments during the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan on Tuesday. Sarfraz had taken a jibe at Phehlukwayo: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]”A statement from the PCB read: “The PCB notes the ICC decision on Sarfaraz Ahmed with its utmost disappointment.”PCB had anticipated that the matter had been resolved amicably between the two players and the two Boards following Sarafraz Ahmed’s public apologies which were accepted by the player, the Board and South Africa cricket team.”The PCB will be pursuing this matter at the ICC forums with the objective to bring reforms to the Code, promoting amicable resolutions to issues as opposed to penalties. Having said that, the PCB reiterates its zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments and behavior.”In consultation with Sarfaraz, it has been decided that he will return to Pakistan immediately… Mohammad Rizwan has been included in the T20I side.”advertisementNotably, Sarfraz had come up with a public apology on social media after facing a severe backlash from the cricket fraternity. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had also criticised the comments made by Sarfraz against Phehlukwayo.Sarfraz also posted a photo of himself with Phehlukwayo and revealed he had personally apologised to the South Africa all-rounder. He also claimed that Phehlukwayo had accepted his apology.There were no indications of action from the ICC until Sunday as the news of a possible ban began to leak only after Sarfraz failed to walk out for the toss during the fourth ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday.Speaking at the toss, stand-in captain Shoaib Malik had said: “We wanted him, but the incident … we all know what has happened. I don’t want to comment on it. But they’ve given me this opportunity, and I want to do my best.”Also Read | Sarfraz Ahmed personally apologises to Phehlukwayo for racist commentsAlso Read | Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against EnglandAlso Read | New Zealand police warn public to beware of Virat Kohli’s Indian team in funny postAlso See:last_img read more

Pilot barred for life after found cheating during licence exam

first_imgNew Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday barred a Mumbai-based pilot for life after he was found cheating in an exam, which is required to get Indian commercial pilot’s licence (CPL), using electronic gadgets such as mobile phones and smart watch, an official order stated.In a separate order, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday also barred a Guntur-based pilot for a period of two years from appearing for the exam after he was found to be in the possession of a mobile Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’phone during the test on July 24. In the order issued to the Mumbai-based pilot Mehboob Samdani Mohd Momtaz Khan, the regulator said, “During examination, you used unfair means and were in possession of two smartphones (one I-phone and one small smart phone), one smart watch and one connecting device.” Khan, who has foreign CPL, was appearing for the paper called “Air Regulation” under CPLCG (CPL conversion) category on July 26 at 9.30 am to 12.30 am in Mumbai. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTo get an Indian CPL, it is necessary for the pilot holding the foreign CPL to pass the DGCA-approved exam of CPLCG category. Under CPLCG category, the pilot has to appear for an air navigation composite paper and an air regulation paper. As per the rules, the pilot must not have any electronic items such as mobile phones or smart watch during these tests. To Khan, the DGCA said in its order, “Such conduct of an individual aspiring to become a commercial pilot is considered highly detrimental to the safety of aircraft operations and also to the safety of life and material in air as well as on ground and therefore the violation committed is considered very grave.” “In view of such grave violations, the competent authority….hereby permanently (for life term) debars you…from appearing in Pilot’s Licence Examination from the date of issue of this order,” it added. The DGCA also stated that the results of his first paper (the composite paper) is also “declared null and void”. On the Guntur-based pilot Chadharajupalli Siva Nageswara Rao, the DGCA said in its other order,”During examination, you were found in possession of mobile phone.” Rao, who has foreign CPL, was giving the air navigation composite paper under the CPLCG category on July 24 from 9.30 am to 12.30 am. “Now, therefore, in view of the above violation, the competent authority…hereby temporarily debars you (Rao)…from appearing in Pilot’s Licence Examination, for a period of two years from date of issue of this order,” the regulator noted in its order.last_img read more

SubSaharan Undocumented Migrant Arrested in Casablanca for Alleged Money Dye

Rabat – Casablanca’s judicial police have arrested a sub-Saharan national suspected of leading a network that specializes in trying to defraud Moroccan citizens.The arrest of the 38-year-old undocumented migrant came after a complaint was filed by a Moroccan citizen who was the victim of the suspect and his accomplices related to a scheme that is often known as a black money scam.The scheme involves convincing victims, via email or phone, to invest significant sums of money to buy a so-called “magic” liquid. The perpetrators promise victims that a large stash of currency-sized black papers are actually real currency notes which are covered in a dye and which only need to be washed in this special liquid to make the bills clean and usable.The arrest operation resulted in the seizure of a mobile phone and a cupboard with black papers in the form of currency. The suspect was placed in custody while the investigation continues to determine the circumstances of the case. Further arrests are possible in the case. read more

Haitians plan how to rebuild their society at UNESCO forum

24 March 2010Intellectuals, artists, international experts, social scientists and members of the Haitian diaspora are meeting today at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to develop ideas for how to rebuild Haitian society in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake. Intellectuals, artists, international experts, social scientists and members of the Haitian diaspora are meeting today at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to develop ideas for how to rebuild Haitian society in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake.The forum’s purpose is to “cooperate with Haitian authorities to identify the reconstruction needs of Haiti’s educational system, hard hit by the earthquake, as well as to show UNESCO’s commitment to take culture into account in its response to the disaster,” said Director-General Irina Bokova.In addition to UNESCO officials, the meeting brings together Haitian Minister of Culture Marie-Laurence Jocelyn-Lasseque, author and playwright Frankétienne; Nobel literature laureate Wole Soyinka; and the rector of Haiti’s Quisqueya University Jacky Lumarque. Three themes will be explored during the forum: mobilizing knowledge and skills to rebuild the country, Haiti’s cultural heritage, identity and creativity, and rebuilding the education system.The results and recommendations from today’s meeting will be included in UNESCO’s contribution to the international donors’ conference on Haiti to be held on 31 March at the UN Headquarters in New York. “Because the social, cultural and intellectual fabric of Haiti was ripped along the fault line, international assistance cannot be limited only to the physical needs of the population – health, water, food and security – or the material infrastructures,” said UNESCO.In addition, today’s discussion will be followed by the world premiere of Melovivi or Le Piège (“The Trap”), a play by Frankétienne. read more

UN marks International Volunteer Day with calls to humanitys better nature

“Their ethos makes volunteerism one of the most visible, and most welcome, attributes of global citizenship,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message marking International Volunteer Day. “In ways both big and small, volunteers are transforming their communities and our world. “And in this era of growing problems without passports, from HIV/AIDS to trafficking in people and contraband, they are providing grass-roots solutions to humanity’s most pressing needs.” Mr. Annan stressed the importance of volunteers in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets set by the UN World Summit of 2000 to halve extreme poverty and hunger, ensure universal primary education, slash child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters and reverse the incidence of HIV/AIDS, as well as tackle a host of other social ills – all by 2015. “Each day, millions of volunteers make a statement that despite everything – despite poverty and hatred, despite apathy and the seeming intractability of some of the challenges we face ¬– people can change the world for the better,” he said. The UN’s own volunteer programme (UNV) was created by the General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN Member States. It is administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and works through UNDP country offices around the world. In 2005, its eighth consecutive year of growth, UNV mobilized some 8,400 volunteers, representing 168 nationalities, who served in 144 countries. Since 1971, more than 30,000 UN Volunteers have supported humanitarian efforts. Since its adoption by the General Assembly in 1985, International Volunteer Day has offered a unique opportunity for various volunteer-related organizations to work together to attain common goals. Every year on 5 December, millions of supporters of volunteerism engage in various initiatives at local, national and international levels. Rallies, parades, community volunteering projects, environmental awareness campaigns, free medical care and advocacy campaigns are among the activities that mark the Day. “Volunteering is an effective and an essential means to achieve the MDGs. These goals can only be achieved with the full involvement of people all over the world,” UNV Executive Coordinator Ad de Raad said in a message. UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis cited last year’s earthquake in Pakistan as an example of the importance of volunteers. “Thousands of volunteers from all over the country as well as from different parts of the world participated in relief efforts urgently needed on the field,” he said in his message. “The United Nations Volunteers programme gave its full support to the Government of Pakistan in helping to set up its National Volunteer Movement. Such accomplishments highlight UNV’s essential role within both UNDP and the UN system in supporting volunteerism for development.” In another example, in the face of ongoing conflicts in Sri Lanka, peace promotion is a major focus of UNV activities. The programme for the Day, titled “Let’s Volunteer For Peace and the MDGs,” includes a peace concert, an ethnic fashion show, video presentations and the unveiling of a peace monument, all seeking to stimulate voluntary engagement towards peace and reconciliation and the MDGs. read more

Business Minister addresses automotive industry

Today, Minister for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP, gave his keynote speech at the SMMT International Automotive Summit in Westminster to over 200 delegates from across the sector.He congratulated the industry on recent good news and its track record through challenging economic times. The country’s export strength was referred to as a particular plus, as was the number of people employed by the sector, plus its contribution to rebalancing the economy.On the future for the sector, the Minister commented on partnership between government and industry, guided by the Automotive Council, this collaborative approach is key to furthering the fortunes of the automotive and supply sectors.According to Prisk, technological leadership and investment in R&D has already made great progress but more needs to be done. Private investment, coupled with government funding, is required to propel new technologies into the mass market and focused trials, supported by government are the catalyst for growth.On developing skills, the Minister drew attention to the launch of ‘See Inside Manufacturing‘. This programme will see careers advisors, teachers and education leaders invited to see the broad range of employment opportunities as automotive businesses country wide open their doors.Click on the play button below to watch the closing keynote speech, delivered by Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise.Click through for more information, news and photos from the 2011 International Automotive Summit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Judge questions why taxpayers money has been spent stopping British boy travelling

first_img“There has been an extraordinary level of intervention,” said Mr Justice Hayden. “It has kept him alive.”He added: “The thing that one hears most is ‘why is so much time, money and effort spent in these cases? Why not just let them go? “There is no doubt huge resources have been deployed in this case. And I myself have wondered whether that was proportionate. But at the end of the day… they have saved a human life.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The thing that one hears most is ‘why is so much time, money and effort spent in these cases? Why not just let them go?Mr Justice Hayden High Court A High Court judge has questioned if an “extraordinary level” of state intervention was justified in stopping a 17-year-old boy from travelling to Syria amid fears he would wage jihad.Mr Justice Hayden said he had wondered whether or not the “huge resources” deployed in the case were “proportionate”.He said people often asked why time and taxpayers’ money was spent preventing teenagers from joining terror groups in the Middle East, adding that he considered the argument: “Why not just let them go?”But the judge concluded that in the case of the boy, who had an uncle held in Guantanamo Bay, a young man’s life had been saved by the local authority’s intervention. The teenager was banned from travelling abroad after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in central LondonCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Mr Justice Hayden had made the teenager a ward of court in March 2015 when he was 16.He had been told last year how council staff had learned that family members were making plans for the teenager to go on a trip to Dubai.The judge had said he was concerned to “keep this lad alive” and said an order which barred him from travelling abroad was proportionate.”(The teenager) is a vulnerable young person,” Mr Justice Hayden had said. “He has grown up in modern Britain in an extraordinary family – a family where the male members are patently committed to waging jihad in war-torn Syria.”He said he had balanced the teenager’s human rights and added: “The balance falls clearly in protecting this young man, ultimately from himself.” Mr Justice Hayden last year barred the teenager from travelling abroad following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court after police and social workers raised concerns about him heading to Syria.He made the teenager a ward of court – a move which bars him from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales.And the judge said he has analysed the benefits of state intervention after reviewing the case at a follow-up hearing in London.Mr Justice Hayden had been told that the boy’s two elder brothers had been killed waging jihad in Syria. He said the teenager, who has joint Libyan and British nationality, could not be named.But he said the local authority that had applied for the teenager to be made a ward of court was Brighton and Hove City Council. Barrister Martin Downs, representing Brighton council, had told how the teenager’s family had an “extraordinary history”.He had told how the teenager had an uncle who had been held in the United States detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Three of his brothers had gone to fight for the al-Nusra Front – a group with links to al-Qaeda, the court heard. Two died when both were in their teens and a third was wounded. A friend of the teenager had also been killed in fighting.Mr Justice Hayden is expected to review the boy’s case again in the near future.last_img read more

Column I wrote a book about terminal cancer Then I was told

first_imgWhen Mary McCarthy began to write about a character in her book who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she never imagined a few years later she would find herself in the same circumstances. She writes: I STARTED MY book, After the Rain, eight years ago. It was a story about a woman with terminal cancer and how she and her family had to learn to deal with it. This March I was diagnosed with it myself.So is this a case of life imitating art or what? My story is very different from my heroine, Emer’s experience, although the prognosis is the same.For all of 2011 I suffered acute pain with a trapped sciatic nerve. Excruciating. I tried all the usual remedies including physio, acupuncture, heat wraps and I was stooped over as that helped to release the nerve. I went as far as buying a walker so I could walk the dog in the park — I moved quickly and resembled Quasimodo on speed. Eventually  I agreed to back  surgery which was due to happen in January. Two weeks before the operation the pain disappeared and I was walking perfectly. A miracle. The surgery was cancelled and in March at a follow-up visit with the surgeon, he suggested I should take up Pilates to strengthen my core muscles. Grand idea, until I got a nagging pain in my right rib and I became a bit breathless so I went for a chest X-ray.DiagnosisThe results came in – lung full of fluid – so I had a bag for for five days’ draining which I referred to as my Louis Vuitton bag. My case was serious – the fluid contained secondary cancer cells.That’s it, I said to my oncologist and he wondered how I knew. My brother, Niall, had died eleven years previously and another brother, Declan, had died from lung cancer two years before.I asked him how long I had. He knew I wanted to hear the truth and told me I had 18 to 24 months, maybe longer.“At least I won’t get Alzheimers,” I concluded cheerfully. I think he thought I was a nutcase due to my calm reaction to the news that I was going to die. When the doctors said I would experience a range of emotions, I said I knew already, as I’d written all about it. I told the doctor about my novel and he was astounded.They then had to find my primary cancer. After loads of tests, nothing was found. Cancer with no tumour – but apparently this happens to one in 20 people. So much for being healthy I thought. I’d quit smoking, I had just got my gold card from Weight Watchers and had given up the booze for Lent. I’m undergoing chemotherapy which is not for the faint-hearted. I have bad days and good days.Family and friendsMy friends are remarkable. I cannot put into words the support I am getting from them and my family. My son Dara is devastated. He lives in Rome, but is coming back to live with me. I told him my only regret was not having a grandchild to which he responded: “I didn’t know there was a rush on.” Neither did I!I’m not actually dying at the moment, but I will die from this. How do I feel about dying? I suppose I’ll be scared at the time but I’ll probably be so sick by then I won’t care. I’ll insist on as much morphine as possible —I’m such a wimp the dentist has to sedate me! While I don’t believe in an afterlife, I’m keeping my options open, just in case. If there is another world I’d love to meet my idol, George Harrison.My worries are any mother’s worries. Will my son be okay? Will he be able to live in our lovely home when I’m gone? The gas bill is astronomical! My dog Bennie will miss me like hell because he is my shadow. I take every day as it comes. I want no pity, sympathy or platitudes.I have had a nice life. I loved my teaching job for 34 years and took early retirement five years ago. I truly loved writing my books. I have seen the places I wanted to see and I have extraordinary people around me. I’ve managed to retain my sense of humour, thankfully. There really is a funny side to everything. To my delight, I have my fifth book published. Things could be a lot worse! Or as Emer in the novel says: things always seem better after the rain.After the Rain is published by Poolbeg and is out now priced at €9.99last_img read more

Hilary Mantel wins Booker Prize for second time

first_imgHILARY MANTEL HAS won the Man Booker Prize for the second time, becoming only the third author to do so.She beat off competition from five other authors, including hotly-tipped Will Self, to win the £50,000 (€62,000) prize for her book Bring Up the Bodies, which charts the life of Thomas Cromwell.Only Peter Carey and JM Coetzee have won the prize twice. However Mantel becomes the first person to win with a sequel and has the shortest interlude between wins, having won in 2009 for Wolf Hall.Upon being presented with the award tonight, she told the audience: “You wait 20 years for a Man Booker Prize and two come at once”.Mantel was the only nominee on the shortlist who had ever won the prize before. The other nominees were Deborah Levy for her book Swimming Home, Alison Moore for The Lighthouse, Will Self for Umbrella, Jeet Thayil for Narcopolis and Tan Twan Eng for The Garden of Evening Mists.Mantel can expect to see increased sales as well as the £50,000 cheque. Last year’s winner, The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, went on to sell more than 250,000 copies in the UK.Read: So what happens if you Google Twink’s autobiography? (NSFW, maybe) >last_img read more

Trump says he didnt get a thank you for John McCains state

first_imgTrump says he ‘didn’t get a thank you’ for John McCain’s state funeral Trump was speaking at a rally in Ohio yesterday evening. https://jrnl.ie/4553237 68 Comments Trump made his comments at a rally in Ohio yesterday evening Source: Michael Conroy/PA ImagesUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has criticised John McCain, saying he wasn’t “thanked” for giving the late Republican Senator a state funeral.Trump was speaking at a rally in Ohio yesterday evening when he made his comments about the late Senator, with whom he’d frequently feuded. “I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as President I had to approve” Trump told reporters in Ohio. “I don’t care about this. I didn’t get (a) thank you but that’s OK.”In his speech, Trump claimed – without citing evidence – that McCain had pushed for a war in Iraq and that he had failed America’s veterans.He later said; “We sent him on the way but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”The late Republican Senator, who died of a brain tumor aged 81 last August, was held in high regard by many Americans. Following Trump’s comments, McCain’s biographer hit out at the President and called on US politicians to criticise Trump. “I hope (Trump’s) indecency to John’s memory and to the McCain family will convince more officeholders that they can’t ignore the damage Trump is doing to politics and to the country’s well-being or remain silent despite their concerns,” said Mark Salter. “They must speak up.” John McCain served as a Senator for 30 years and ran for President against Barack Obama in 2008. Source: PA ImagesTrump has said for years that he does not think McCain is a hero because the senator was captured in Vietnam. McCain was tortured and held prisoner by the Viet Cong for over five years.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended McCain’s legacy, saying he was “a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate.”“His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.”Senator Lindsey Graham, who cried on the Senate floor following McCain’s death last August but who has allied himself with Trump, said, “I think the president’s comments about [McCain] hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of Senator McCain.”“A lot of people are coming to John’s defense now. I don’t like it when he says things about my friend John McCain.” 33,331 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share491 Tweet Email By Associated Press Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 8:19 AM Mar 21st 2019, 8:19 AM Short URLlast_img read more

Is Gorge commission still relevant

first_imgDid you know?■ The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area touches six counties: Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties on the Washington side, and Multnomah, Hood River and Wasco counties on the Oregon side. The 292,500-acre federally protected area was created in 1986.Greg Misarti and his wife, Nell Warren, have a vision for their 5-acre property outside Washougal.It’s called Kahnaway: an art and ecology center offering residencies and workshops for people to grow personally and artistically. Among its assets is a multi-purpose studio fashioned from an old barn in a serene setting that offers sweeping views of the Columbia River. Misarti and Warren, both artists themselves, want to share the land that’s inspired them, Misarti said.“You don’t really appreciate it until you have been here and stay here and work here,” he said.But an operation like Kahnaway isn’t allowed outright on the property, which sits inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Misarti and Warren applied for a plan amendment from the Columbia River Gorge Commission, the planning authority in the scenic area.That was in 2009. More than five years later, they’re still waiting. But the commission has no plans to review their application any time soon.“It’s definitely frustrating,” Misarti said. “It’s a little unnerving, because you never really know if it’s going to pan out at all.”last_img read more

6500 arrested in Thailand for illegal World Cup gambling

first_imgRelatedPosts Thai police have arrested around 6,500 people including 250 bookmakers on charges related to illegal gambling since the football World Cup kicked off on 15 June, authorities said on Monday.The crackdown follows the establishment of a temporary center in May targeting World Cup gambling, with police now considering turning the center into a permanent facility.In total around 28 million baht (US$845,000) has been confiscated.A recent study by Chulalongkorn University’s Research Center for Business and Social Development found that around 2.5 million Thais are involved in gambling on football in some way. Load More Police crack China’s first cryptocurrency gambling ringcenter_img Racing Australia cracks down on illegal offshore bookmakers No immediate threat to Asian gaming from new China currency movement crackdown: analystslast_img read more

Brazil rejects 20 million G7 aid to fight Amazon fires calls support

first_imgFire in Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, August 21ReutersBrazil on Monday rejected aid worth $20 million offered by G7 countries to fight the Amazon fires and told French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “the forests in Europe”.”We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, Chief of Staff to Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro, told state media G1 news.The Brazilian official slammed the G7 countries’ offer of emergency aid to help extinguish the blazing Amazon rainforest as a colonialist gesture. “Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?” he said.Bolsonaro stated that Brazil was being treated like “a colony or no man’s land” and said the aid was an attack on the country’s sovereignty.The emergency fund for the fire in the rainforests, described as “the lungs of the world” due to its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, was initially welcomed by Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles.The fire has spread 950,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) according to latest inputs.The Brazillian government affirmed its stance against the emergency funds after a meeting with top officials. “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said.Amazon and the blazing diplomacyHowever, Macron told news channel France 2 on the sidelines of the G7 summit that while he respected Brazil’s sovereignty, the Amazon fires is a global issue.”The Amazon forest is a subject for the whole planet… We cannot allow you to destroy everything,” Macron said.The fires have made international headlines, drawing attention to the rampant deforestation in Brazil, which has reportedly increased after President Bolsonaro took office in January. Reports suggest that the fires were a deliberate attempt to clear the forest in order to sell the land to farmers and ranchers. According to a report by Brazil space research agency INPE, compared to last year, deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 67 percent. While the Brazilian Armed Forces have been deployed and are currently operating in nine Amazon states to contain the fire, international communities have stated that Brazil needs help from allies in containing the extreme wildlife fires.Canda has offered to contribute C$15 million ($11.30 million) in aid and send water bombers to Brazil.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit on Monday said, “One of the things we have seen over the past years as Canada has faced increasingly extreme wildfire events is there is a global network of support and friends that lean on each other.”Chilean President Sebastian Pinera described a two-fold strategy of implementing emergency efforts in containing the fire.”Countries urgently need firefighters and specialised water bombers. This will be the first step that will be implemented immediately. The second phase is to protect these forests, protect the biodiversity they contain and reforest this region of the world,” he said.Describing the fires as a global emergency, Macron announced France’s willingness to offer military support. He also mentioned, according to Reuters, that the G-7 countries – the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – will draw an initiative for the reforestation and conservation of biodiversity in the Amazon, that will be launched during next month’s UN General Assembly in New York.Personal riftTensions between Macron and Bolsonaro have deteriorated and turned personal after the Brazilian President mocked Macron’s wife on Facebook.The French President, addressing the incident on Monday stated, “He (Bolsonaro) said very disrespectful things about my wife. I have great respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope they soon have a president who is up to the job.” The Amazon rain forest is on fire IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:04Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more

Streetside billboards in San José set for removal

first_imgStarting last month hundreds of advertising spaces along streets and at bus shelters around Costa Rica’s capital have gone blank. They now display stickers declaring them “CLAUSURADO,” closed, by theMunicipality of San José and the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).Ad displays on San José sidewalks, or MUPIs as they are known here, are marketed by Equipamientos Urbanos de Costa Rica (EUCOR) under a contract with the municipality. The contract, which the company won in a public bid, expired in April, San José Mayor Sandra García Pérez said. That’s when problems began to surface.“We informed the company about their contract expiration and then we began an inspection of all municipal spaces that allowed us to find several MUPIs placed in unauthorized locations,” García said.The mayor said the contract only allowed EUCOR to place ads at bus shelters, not as freestanding ads along the city’s sidewalks.The contract was signed during the previous administration of Mayor and ex presidential candidate Johnny Araya, and it did not include any provision regarding the ownership of the structures at the end of the contract. Therefore, García said, they all must go.Plus, in early June the Comptroller General’s Office ordered the removal of all freestanding ad displays. Municipal officials informed the company that MUPIs had to be removed within 15 business days. Following that deadline, the city shut down any that remained.“All MUPIs within our jurisdiction were shut down using stickers. Some 27 of them located along boulevards and other public spaces in downtown San José were removed,” García said.Also on national routesIn addition to freestanding MUPIs on the capital’s sidewalks, MOPT’s Inspections and Demolitions Department shut down several others along national roads in the Central Valley. Freestanding ads are prohibited along national roadways except for inside bus shelters.The department’s director Vinicio Barboza Ortiz said MOPT routinely removes unauthorized roadside ads during inspections.In the past year inspections have found some 400 unauthorized MUPIs along national roads in the Central Valley alone, about 100 of them within the capital. Barboza added that MOPT’s most recent inspections coincided with those conducted by the municipality, but he said they weren’t related.Barboza also said MOPT officials were drafting a new public bid to grant a contract for marketing advertising spaces along national roads. He said the bid conditions likely would be made public later this year.Bid conditions for marketing ads at bus shelters in the capital’s central canton will also soon be made public, Mayor García said. She also confirmed that in coming days the municipality will be removing all remaining MUPIs, as the company has failed to do so.“All those structures must be removed since under the provisions of the upcoming public bid, all interested companies must be granted equal conditions,” the mayor said.The new bid’s wording will include detailed descriptions for the structures “as we are aiming at getting brand new bus shelters, according to parameters of the country’s current laws,” García said.The Tico Times attempted to contact EUCOR representatives but hadn’t received a response as of Thursday afternoon. Facebook Comments Related posts:Slippery When Wet: Only 4.5 percent of Costa Rican roads are in good condition, study finds Government pledges to speed up construction of San Carlos highway President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltwaylast_img read more

A destination fit for Royalty Cape Grace Hotel showered with accolade

first_imgWith the Royal newly-weds opting for a luxurious East African honeymoon, South Africa receiving the world-wide accolade as number one holiday destination in the Daily Telegraph (a leading UK newspaper) and Cape Town being recognized as the top destination worldwide in Trip Advisor’s (a renowned travel portal) recent 2011 Travel Awards, there has never been a better time to visit this accessible Southern continent. With its breath taking scenery, exquisite cuisine and welcoming personality, Cape Town is a gem in Africa’s Crown waiting to be discovered.A city bursting with pride and culture, Cape Town is now rivaling traditional travel hot spots such as Paris, London and Rome. The city has placed itself firmly on the map as the World’s ‘must-see’ destination and what better way to experience this than by treating yourself to a luxurious stay at the world-renowned Cape Grace Hotel, also recently recognized for service excellence:“How wonderful that Ultratravel readers love the hotels with history, with charm, with the graciousness that makes a grand hotel truly, madly, deeply grand” Words directly from the Ultratravel awards where Cape Grace was awarded the highest praise as the Best Hotel in Africa (Daily Telegraph).At the same time, on the other side of the world, Cape Grace was recognised as one of the top five African Hotels for its fine tuned service and stunning location (Travel + Leisure US)Boasting some of the World’s finest seafood and wine, Cape Town hosts an array of culturally enriched festivals throughout the year. The Good Food & Wine show will be welcomed to its shores between 26th-29th May inviting celebrity chefs from around the globe to take guests on a unique culinary experience. Heston Blumenthal, an English gastronomic extraordinaire renowned for his sublime combinations, James Martin, whose food, good looks and charm have melted the hearts of many women over the years and Masterchef Australia Champion, Jonathan Daddia, will be a few of the famous chefs treating the city to the delights that got them to where they are today. As the official Hotel sponsor for the show, the celebrities will reside in the luxury, style and home-grown comfort of Cape Grace.Welcoming celebrity chefs, limited edition menus and wine gurus throughout the coming months, it is clear Cape Grace is in the mood to celebrate. Having been invited to participate at this years’ International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM Asia 2011) they will be representing Africa, as the perfect destination, whatever the requirement. Source = Racepoint Group Asialast_img read more

The list of the nominees for the 91st Academy Awar

first_img The list of the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards:Best picture: Black Panther,” ”BlacKkKlansman,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”The Favourite,” ”Green Book,” ”Roma,” ”A Star Is Born,” ”Vice.”Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”; Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”; Adam McKay, “Vice.”Best actor: Christian Bale, “Vice”; Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”; Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”; Willem Dafoe “At Eternity’s Gate.”Best actress: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”; Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”; Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Sam Rockwell, “Vice.”Best supporting actress: Amy Adams, “Vice”; Marina de Tavira, “Roma”; Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite.”Original Song: “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” music and lyrics by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch; “All The Stars” from “Black Panther,” music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and lyrics by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe; “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” music and lyrics by Diane Warren; “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns,” music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” music and lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.Original Score: “Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson; “BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard; “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell; “Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat; “Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman.Foreign language film: Germany’s “Never Look Away”; Japan’s “Shoplifters”; Lebanon’s “Capernaum”; Mexico’s “Roma”; Poland’s “Cold War.” Documentary feature: “Free Solo,” ”Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” ”Minding the Gap,” ”Of Fathers and Sons,” ”RBG”Documentary feature: “Free Solo,” ”Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” ”Minding the Gap,” ”Of Fathers and Sons,” ”RBG”Documentary short subject: “Black Sheep,” ”End Game,” ”Lifeboat,” ”A Night at The Garden,” ”Period. End of Sentence.”Adapted screenplay: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; “BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee; “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty; “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins; “A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will FettersOriginal screenplay: “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara; “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader; “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly ; “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron; “Vice,” Adam McKayFilm Editing: “BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown; “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman; “The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis; “Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito; “Vice,” Hank CorwinSound Editing: “Black Panther,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”First Man,” ”A Quiet Place,” ”Roma.”Sound Mixing: “Black Panther,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”First Man,” ”Roma,” ”A Star Is Born.”Visual effects: “Avengers: Infinity War”; “Christopher Robin”; “First Man”; “Ready Player One”; “Solo: A Star Wars Story”Makeup and hairstyling: “Border”; “Mary Queen of Scots”; “Vice.”Costume design: “The Ballad of Buster Scriggs,” Mary Zophres; “Black Panther,” Ruth Carter; “The Favourite,” Sandy Powell; “Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Pwoell; “Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra ByrneProduction design: “Black Panther,” ”The Favourite,” ”First Man,” ”Mary Poppins Returns,” ”Roma.”Cinematography: Lukasz Zal, “Cold War”; Robbie Ryan, “The Favourite”; Caleb Deschanel, “Never Look Away”; Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Matthew Libatique, “A Star Is Born.”Best animated film: “Incredibles 2,” ”Isle of Dogs,” ”Mirai,” ”Ralph Breaks the Internet,” ”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”Animated short film: “Animal Behavior,” ”Bad,” ”Late Afternoon,” ”One Small Step,” ”Weekends.”Live Action short film: “Detainment,” ”Fauve,” ”Marguerite,” ”Mother,” ”Skin.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 6:38 am PDT The list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awardscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more